HPU Hosts Civitans for District Meeting

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 17, 2019 – High Point University Honors Scholar students shared research and service learning experiences with international service club leaders on May 8.

A group of HPU students presented homelessness and childcare service project ideas with international service club leaders. Pictured from left to right are Susan Hollenbeck, Ally Ortolani, Grayson Rachels, Maddie Myers and Madeline O’Connor.

HPU students presented homelessness and childcare service project ideas to clubs as new ways to serve the community and a way to increase membership at their organization.

Madeline O’Connor, is a rising sophomore double majoring in English writing and psychology, was one of the student presenters.

“This is definitely different from any other presentation I’ve given in the past where we’re only presenting to our peers,” said O’Connor. “I think inviting the community leaders in for our presentation to hear what we worked on and for us to be able to potentially have tangible results is very exciting.”

Students who participated received feedback from directors of Rotary Club of High Point, Lions Clubs International, Kiwanis International and Civitan International.

“The students’ service partners were multi-layered,” said Dr. Daniel Hall, chair of the department of economics and service learning professor. “They served the High Point community alongside HPU’s student-led Circle K and Civitan Clubs, supported by local service club chapters, all part of a consortium of international volunteer service organizations. Their local experiences with helping children and the homeless were built up with research on these social issues and the service organizations they made their recommendations to. The result is high impact learning.”

HPU’s Honors Scholar Program is an opportunity for students to engage in multidisciplinary, collaborative project-based learning experiences throughout their courses and co-curriculum.

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